Wednesday Morning Update

Spanning the globe on a Wednesday morning …

The NCAA will now allow unlimited meals as part of the full cost of scholarship. The release says prior to Tuesday athletes received three meals a day or a food stipend.

I don’t know what that looked like, and I know circumstances are different, but I’m skeptical of claims of hunger for an athlete on scholarship. I’m not saying it couldn’t happen. I’m thinking if it did, however, the ball was dropped somewhere by either an administrator or an athlete.

If a scholarship athlete is lying in bed at night hungry, did he not manage his three meals or stipend for that day? Did he not receive the stipend because an administrator was distracted with something else?

The college meal plan takes on many shapes and forms. It’s a money-making racket, and one of those plans likely calls for unlimited meals. At least according to this release, some or all schools were not taking advantage of that as it applies to the scholarship.

In terms of the “pay the players” question, I’m not in favor of big salaries for college athletes. I think there’s a lot of value in a full scholarship. To me, it’s an ethics question. Does the university have the right to keep all of the money generated from certain athletes? I think not. The athlete should have access to more of the money, perhaps a pool of cash governed by a staffer who doles out dollars for dates, recreation and other activities not currently funded by the scholarship.

Regarding the unlimited meals, this from former Kentucky QB Jared Lorenzen:

Elsewhere …

If you answered “yes,” that Cuonzo Martin and Tennessee had kissed and made up after Martin’s Sweet 16 run, well, you don’t advance to the bonus round. Martin has taken the job at Cal.

A few thoughts on that. While coaches say they don’t listen to what’s going on outside of the program and the focus only inward, this is proof to the contrary. You know Martin wanted to get out from under Bruce Pearl’s shadow at Tennessee. He might have been able to do that had Pearl’s next job not been within the SEC. …

So who’s next for the Vols? Plenty of names to throw around here including former Ole Miss assistant and current La. Tech coach Michael White …

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

Posted in Basketball, Football
  • karl hungus

    The schools should give the athletes a certain percentage of profit obtained, but that money should go into a trust fund. The funds then can only be accessed by the athlete upon graduation.

  • karl hungus

    Of course if schools would do like the Sharkfins do, “allegedly” pay the athletes before they step foot on campus, then all this wouldn’t be necessary.

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